PAY IT FORWARD!!! JOIN ME!!! Thank you - Make a Wish Upon a Hero!
Bill collectors, depleting bank account and my son's 11th birthday at the end of the month. All of it got to me. Thinking about Christmas and how I wasn't able to provide the boys with gifts like I wanted to - grateful remembering the community that filled those needs with Toys for Joy...but still that ache of frustration was in me.
Last week I blogged about that site I read about on a message board - Wish Upon A Hero - and after reading what they were all about, I swallowed that sometimes stubborn pride of mine, and made a wish on behalf of my son and his upcoming birthday....24 hours later, that wish was being granted.
When I read that notice on my computer screen, I cried for my son knowing that he would smile come the day he turns 11. ...
Even with those mixed emotions, I couldn't ignore the fact that my spirit felt lighter...not so weighed down by worry. A feeling I want others to feel. A relief.
So I had this idea- bills are still mounting so maybe it's time to have a garage sale. I really do not have a lot, but maybe enough to cover a little something. Wish Upon a Hero and what they do kept playing over and over in my head....especially the gift we received. I thought about all those clothes my children no longer wear....a few toys that sit in my garage...and decided that those things could bring a smile to another child, and especially if their parent didn't have to pay for it. In a county where unemployment just reached 10.9 percent, I am sure there are many where a used tee shirt is a need.
I want to spread the smiles Wish Upon A Hero brought to me and will bring to my son....so this garage sale I am having will be in their spirit...a Pay it Forward sale where clothing, shoes and toys will be given away freely.
I shared my idea with others, and soon found out that they had items to be given away.....my yard will be filled clothing this weekend....
Then something hit me....wouldn't it be great if there was a Pay it Forward movement of garage and yard sales across the country this summer....wouldn't it uplift spirits that are down...help families out without them needing to ask...and provide that smile to a child. If anything maybe the depression of this sagging economy and rising unemployment could help bring communities together again...neighbor helping neighbor...no questions asked.
Maybe this is me being idealistic once again...I do tend to do that....
But I invite you to join me in honoring the spirit of Wish Upon a Hero...and pay it forward by having your own yard sale where items of need are given away freely. Call it a "Pay if Forward" sale....plant seeds of inspiration and giving while placing smiles on children's faces and helping to rebuild communities.
Care to join me?
Here is a link to the Wish Upon A Hero site where I posted my thank you, and told all there what their spirit of giving will do this weekend in my community....Pay it Forward-Wish Upon A Hero.
If you plan on having a Pay it Forward sale please let me know...I will post pictures from mine next week...and PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD in Paying it Forward!